A big shout out to Mac Barnett and the amazing work he has been doing! Children’s book writer and a certified prankster, Barnett explains himself in this beautiful Ted Talk of his.
Children’s fiction is an important part of literature. After all, the books we grow up reading are the ones that ultimately influence our reading habits throughout our lives. Mac Barnett is someone who is raring to make the world of children’s literature more fun and engaging so kids start to love reading. As he likes to say, ‘Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn’t children’s books be?‘.
His first book, ‘Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem‘ is a riot. Billy’s parents punish him by giving him a blue whale and the ensuing circumstances form the rest of the picture book. Funny and engaging, Barnett’s master stroke was in asking his young readers to write to him, in case they wanted to adopt a blue whale themselves ( please do check out the video link above for more details).
‘Extra Yarn‘ ( which has won a host of awards, including the E B White Read Aloud award) and ‘Sam and Dave Dig a Hole‘ are two other books I absolutely loved. His Terrible Two series (illustrated by Jory John) are also extremely popular and have kids clamoring for more. We definitely need the likes of Mac Barnett if we are going to get the kids to develop a love for reading.
If you’re looking for the perfect book to gift the little ones around, you need look no further.
Check out his website here- http://www.macbarnett.com/